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Abby Sale 02 May 05 - 08:19 AM
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Subject: happy? - May 2
From: Abby Sale
Date: 02 May 05 - 08:19 AM

Ben Hall was born in Breeza, NSW in 1837. He was was ambushed and killed by a police party:

        'Twas early in the morning, upon the 5th of May [1865]
        That the Severen police surrounded him
        As in his bed he lay

                "The Streets of Forbes," AL Lloyd, Great Australian Legend, & Tabor, Ashes & Diamonds


        Come all you young Australians and everyone besides
        I'll sing to you a ditty that will fill you with surprise
        Concerning of a ranger bold whose name it was Ben Hall
        But cruelly murdered was this day which proved his downfall

                "Ben Hall"

This song was collected by John Meredith from Sally Sloane who told him that Ben Hall's sister-in-law was the midwife at her birth. In his Folk Songs of Australia Meredith quotes Sally Sloane talking about the bushranger: "I saw the place where Ben Hall was killed. He lay down to have a rest this day and was ambushed. Yes it was near Forbes on the Lachlan Plain. He lay there this day waiting for Coobung Mick to bring food to him. Instead of bringing food he brought the cops. and when the policemen came they surrounded him and riddled his body with bullets".
   From Mark Gregory's Digital Muse

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